Here’s a little secret I’m willing to share with you guys: I cry more than you know. And every time I watch the video above, I begin to weep uncontrollably.
Because for a moment, the noise of our technology and our angry shouts silence, and all I can hear is our united breath.
We stop fighting with others when we see ourselves in them.
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Our Thorn-in-Chief said that in addition to our light and fluffy contests, we will have more thoughtful contests. Your Barista-in-Chief is now delivering (a contest, I mean, not coffee. I don’t know why Starbucks hasn’t invested in that yet).
You will be assigned a country AT RANDOM and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write about it. I am deliberately giving you each a country with no idea of your knowledge of it, and your job is to learn and to create. If you don’t know much about the country you are given, do some light research: Google, Wikipedia, their main website, etc. Think outside of the box: watch some of their movies, listen to their music, read their books/blogs, look at their artwork, discover their history, and anything else you can think of to get to know them.
You may write any genre you’d like and I want you to get creative. Are you having a cup of coffee in Turkey (Turkish coffee maybe?)? Having a spot of tea in England? Did you accidentally find out that your Airbnb host has a deadly secret in his Albanian apartment? Has your secret mission unexpectedly led you to a run down hotel in Greece? Did the love of your life run away, and you’ve found her selling postcards off the coast of Algeria? Take us, me, and yourself for a global adventure!
And I figured since travel is so expensive these days…this contest is FREE!!! Prizes will be announced in a separate post!
Short stories, non-fiction, and poetry are accepted! 500-1000 words for the first two, 100-300 for the latter! Double-spaced and .docx format, please!
Contest starts TODAY, January 7th, 2017, and all entries are DUE FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017 BY 11:59PM!!!
Please e-mail moi (Stef, of course!) if you wish to participate, and check your e-mail for your assigned country! Please request your country and sumbit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline!
This is a chance to finally get to know each other. And ourselves in the process.
15 thoughts on “Heal/Write the World”
This sounds like so much fun!!! So… you gonna give me Monaco? Fiji? Germany? Ancient Persia?
E-mail me and find out ^_~
And check your e-mail! Just sent you your country!
me! me! pick me! send me a randy cou–oops! RANDOM country. Good job Stef!
Young man, you behave yourself!
Ladies and gentlemen: so far, we have SEVEN contestants who wish to give the world a spin for this contest! Their assigned countries will be announced as their entries arrive! Please spread the word of this contest to as many of your friends and family that will not disown you for advertising this! Ha! Hope to have the first entries up within a few days! Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far!
I am ready for the most exotic, despot ruled, most unknown county you have??!
E-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best!!!
It appears I am past the deadline 🙁
I got it figgered out now. I want the country that has chocolate ice cream as its national vegetable, bans breast enhancements, and has a poker game involving five suits.
I think the best I can do for you is to tell you to start lobbying so the USA has the chocolate ice cream national vegetable. Or am I only thinking about myself again?
No, not at all! Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you a country assignment!
All the world’s a stage. A stage towards winning a contest prize.